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Tracks vs Wheels   General Army topics

Started 26/5/22 by graylion; 17352 views.
stancrist

From: stancrist

27/5/22

schnuersi said:

We don't know if the Marines disagree. We know the decisionmakers do.

LOL.  When the Marines' decision makers disagree, "the Marines" disagree.

schnuersi said:

The conclusion: "they bought it, so it must be the best" can not be drawn.

I made no such conclusion.  I merely noted that -- despite the current focus on peer war -- the Marines are opting for wheels, not tracks.

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

27/5/22

RovingPedant said:

As far as I am aware the IFV is an APC with offensive firepower.

No, the level of firepower is not the defining atribute of the IFV.
A BTR-80 is an APC but a BRT-82, the same vehicle only armed with a 30 mm instead of a 14,5, is an IFV? Turns a M-ATV into an IFV if the .50 cal is replaced by a 30 mm AC?

RovingPedant said:

The ability to keep up with the gun tanks across all terrains in all conditions at all times is a nice to have but not mandatory.

But it is. This is what defines the IFV and seperates it from the APC. This is why its a distinctive class of AFV.
Maybe it becomes clearer if you look at how and especially why the IFV came into existence. The requirement was not defined by infantry. Who where absolutely happy with APCs. It was the armored corps that needed something different. In a nutshell. An IFV is a vehicle that can perform the combat function of infantry. But with the same mobility as tanks. Which means most combat is conducted mounted. Either by selecting the proper armament, allowing the dismounts to fight while mounted or both. Dismounted combat is only done when there is no other option. When its really necessary. For short periods of time. This way tanks get a companion vehicle with similar mobility that can perfom combat functions they can or only can poorly. The IFV only makes sense if viewed in the combined arms context together with tanks. IFVs are all about mobility and firepower. Troop carrying is tertiary to this.
If this is not a requirement you don't really need an IFV and are better suited with a well armed APC. For an APC troop carrying is primary, somtimes secondary to mobility but its never tertiary or worse.

RovingPedant said:

On a related note, how would you define the British Warrior?

Its a IFV. Allthough I think its armament is on the lighter or better less optimal side as is its protection. But it can certainly accompany Challengers into battle and carries a main armament that is a usefull supplement.

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

27/5/22

stancrist said:

despite the current focus on peer war -- the Marines are opting for wheels, not tracks.

Yes but nobody said wheeled vehicles have no place in a peer war. Only that cross country mobility is more important than it used to be and that this is best provided by tracked vehicles in most cases.

stancrist said:

When the Marines' decision makers disagree, "the Marines" disagree.

Well, is it clear that the wheeled ACV can move over all grounds at the same speed as the AAV then? Because to me that seems rather unlikely.

stancrist

From: stancrist

27/5/22

schnuersi said:

The mission of the vehicles is different. Allmost entirely.

An IFV is a armored fighting vehicle that is supposed to work in close cooperation with tanks. Its supposed to be on the frontline and fight. It needs to go where tanks go.

Work in close cooperation with tanks.  Go where tanks go.  Carries infantry.

That's what the APC was designed to do.  Sure seems like the same mission.

Armor Attack - M60 & M113

1960s U.S. Army demonstration of armor attack with armored personnel carriers and main battle tanks. M60 tanks and M113 armored personnel carriers in action.

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

27/5/22

stancrist said:

Work in close cooperation with tanks. Go where tanks go. Carries infantry. That's what the APC was designed to do. Sure seems like the same mission.

No its not.

In the video it even says the APCs need to be backed up by tanks. In other words they are not supporting the tanks. They are slowing them down.
Since an APC needs to deploy its troops and prefereably stay out of harms way because it lacks protection. It can't duel.
The M113 is a prime example. It can not operate close to tanks because its to slow, lacks protection and it doesn't really bring any mounted firepower. The only thing it brings is dismounts. And this rather slow I would add.
An M113 doesn't compare to a Marder or a Bradley.

stancrist

From: stancrist

27/5/22

schnuersi said:

       RovingPedant said: I'm of the opinion that an IFV is a subset of APC.

A common mistake. The IFV is a subset of the tank.

Actually, it is you who is mistaken.  The IFV was not derived from any tank.  The IFV is an evolution of the APC.

graylion

From: graylion

27/5/22

technology <> role

In reply toRe: msg 28
graylion

From: graylion

27/5/22

also, let me derail this conversation a bit further: why is everybody retiring their Broncos, Warthogs, BVS 10s? Surely if we want tracks, they are the way to go?

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

27/5/22

stancrist said:

Actually, it is you who is mistaken. The IFV was not derived from any tank. The IFV is an evolution of the APC.

I am not talking about what vehicles has wich linage. But about the concept. The IFV concept is not derived from the APC but from the needs of the tank.
Otherwise why create an IFV in the first place?

BTW the M113 and all its variants including the YPR-765/AIFV are tracked APCs. In the case of the latter armed with an autocannon.
If your argumet is that its called AIFV by the manufacturer I say: you can put lipstick on a swine...
It is true though that the AIFV was an attempt to adress the shortcomings of the pure M113 APC.
Never the less AIFV isn't the first. It was done after the IFV concept materialised in the form of the HS30 and the BMP-1. Neither of these two is an evolution of an APC.

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

27/5/22

graylion said:

why is everybody retiring their Broncos, Warthogs, BVS 10s?

Who is doing that?
The German Army is in the process to replace/supplement its BVs with the CATV. Wich is basically a follow up on the BV10S.
The CATV program is a multi national program from Germany, UK, Sweden and the Netherlands.
I have seen one of the prototypes during testing in Trier a couple of month ago.
Serveral of the vehicles you mention need to be replaced because they have been worn out by the long and intensive use in Afghanistan.

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